If you got your news solely from the mainstream media you’d think Leonardo DiCaprio is the ultimate environmentalist.
Reporters regurgitate the actor’s speeches on Climate Change. They kneel before his wisdom, his good looks and his ability to use his star clout to raise money and awareness about the planet’s health. They breathlessly report on his latest documentaries about Mother Earth … sans context.
One of the Sony emails leaked by hackers last year revealed that DiCaprio took six private flights in six weeks. We might not know science, but we know math. A plane for one, taken once a week, hurts the environment far more than what regular people who “don’t believe” in climate change can do.
And, for the most part, outlets like Deadline.com, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter either downplay that hypocrisy or ignore it entirely.
Here’s just one example.
Will they do more of the same this weekend as DiCaprio promotes the march?
Tomorrow, I march for climate justice and to protect our right to a healthy future. Join us. #ClimateMarch
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) April 28, 2017
And yet Twitter users know the truth about the Oscar winner’s troubled eco-history.
Take a bow, New Media. Hardscrabble sites that don’t fawn over stars’ every utterance, spread this information far and wide. To be fair, some British media outlets have been very tough on DiCaprio. Let’s share the credit with them, too.
Still, the rise of New Media means more information reaches everyday Americans. And they’re fighting back. Here’s just a sampling of Twitter snark tied to the actor’s plea to support the People’s Climate March.
— Jojoh888 (@jojoh888) April 29, 2017
— Live Free or Die (@LiveFreeorDie3) April 29, 2017
@LeoDiCaprio How many square feet does your primary residence have? How many homes do you own? How often do you fly on private jets?
— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) April 29, 2017
@LeoDiCaprio Be sure and park that jet and yacht out back so your ignorant climate shills wont see
— DeplorableTx#MAGA (@RickAndKim30yrs) April 29, 2017
@LeoDiCaprio Didn’t you have the eye brow dude fly in from Europe for the Oscars?
— MAGS (@Mags661) April 29, 2017
@LeoDiCaprio Trying staying off your private plane & yacht then, lead by example instead of showing up for a photo op.
— Mike F (@gupdiver) April 29, 2017
— Shane (@Sarge_87) April 29, 2017
@LeoDiCaprio Dude, you’re 1 of my fave actors; but this “do as I say, not as I do” crap is disappointing.
— Andrea Somerville (@asomer) April 29, 2017
@LeoDiCaprio Hurry. I heard the temperature of the planet has risen one degree centigrade in the last hundred years or so.
— Chuck Carriere (@mailmanchuck) April 29, 2017
@LeoDiCaprio Your carbon footprint ranks between Guangzhou, China and Pittsburgh. Enjoy the march. I hope your private jet doesn’t have to taxi long.
— just paul (@justpaulstuff) April 29, 2017